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A World-Class Treatment Team

The most important member of our team is you. Skin Cancer Consultants partners with you to understand your goals, your lifestyle and your unique skin. Our highly trained medical staff guides you through every aspect of your skin cancer journey—from education and early detection to the safest, most effective treatment to get you back to doing the things you love.

Mohs surgery achieves the highest cure rates for skin cancer treatment—approximately 99% for new skin cancers and 95% for returning cancer after other types of treatment.

Understand the Types of Skin Cancer

The three most common types of skin cancer make up approximately 99% of diagnosed cases.1 Mohs surgery can effectively treat all of these skin cancers:

How Is Mohs Surgery Performed?

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Step 1: Local Anesthesia

A Mohs fellow specially trained in Mohs surgery, pathology and reconstructive surgery begins the procedure by examining the visible lesion and planning tissue removal. The patient receives local anesthesia to completely numb the tissue.

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Step 2: Mapping the Tumor

The Mohs surgeon removes a layer of skin and divides it into sections. The surgeon labels and color-codes each section to map the precise location of the tumor. The map of the surgical site tracks exactly where each small portion of tissue originated.

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Step 3: Microscopic Examination

In a laboratory, the surgeon uses a microscope to examine the undersurface and edges of each section, thoroughly evaluating for evidence of remaining cancer cells. During this time, the patient may relax in our waiting room.

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Step 4: Additional Stages

If any section of the tissue shows cancer cells at the margin, the patient returns to the procedure room for removal of additional skin—but only from the exact area where tumor cells remain. The removal process stops when there is no longer any evidence of cancer in the surgical site.

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Step 5: Reconstruction

The surgeon discusses reconstruction options, as needed, and instructions for postoperative care. Because Mohs surgery removes only tissue containing cancer, it ensures that the maximum amount of healthy tissue is kept intact and the smallest scar possible.

The FAQs About Mohs

Developed by physician Frederic Mohs, Mohs micrographic surgery is a precise technique for skin cancer removal. It removes cancers in layers using a special method of mapping and microscopic examination of the tumor and underlying roots. The state-of-the-art procedure has become the treatment of choice for many types of skin cancer due to its high cure rates.

Yes, as with any treatment for skin cancer, Mohs surgery will leave a scar. Conservative skin removal minimizes the affected area and wound size, resulting in the best cosmetic and functional results. Your physician will discuss your recovery, and you will receive detailed postoperation care instructions. Skin Cancer Consultants is available throughout the healing process to discuss any concerns that may arise.

While Mohs surgery can be used for almost any type of skin cancer almost anywhere on the body, it is particularly well suited for skin cancers on the face or other areas cosmetically or functionally important. Ill-defined, recurrent or aggressive cancers are also best treated with Mohs surgery. The most common skin cancers treated are basal cell cancer, squamous cell cancer and melanoma.

There are other treatments for skin cancer that may be appropriate, but it is important to understand that Mohs surgery typically has the highest cure rates while minimizing the amount of skin removed. Other common treatments include topical chemotherapy medications (i.e., Efudex, Carac and Aldara), cryotherapy (freezing), EDC (burning and scraping), radiation therapy and traditional routine excision with margins.

Qualified Mohs surgeons are members of the American College of Mohs Surgery. Similar to being board certified, Mohs training means these doctors have completed an additional one to two years of fellowship training and over 500 Mohs surgeries. Mohs surgeons are specifically trained to serve as both the surgeon and pathologist. As a fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon, Dr. Parker is also a member of the American College of Mohs Surgery.

Yes, the surgery is performed at our facility under the comforts of local anesthesia or occasionally twilight sedation. Although board-certified anesthesiologists are also available, 99% of procedures can be safely performed under local anesthesia.

Dr. Parker has performed multiple procedures on me, always making me feel very comfortable about each procedure by taking his time to explain. I have always had good results. No one wants to get cancer and one can be overcome with anxiety, but at Skin Cancer Consultants, the anxiety is quickly quelled. The smiling faces and friendly demeanor go a long way and put me at ease. I feel like one of the family.

—Jackie

After Dr. Parker removed a melanoma, Katie Pedicord took over my care. She is incredibly thorough, kind and truly listens to me. I was nervous about a couple procedures, but she completely explained everything so that I felt comforted and confident. I am so pleased with the results. The cancer prevention treatments have really helped reverse the sun damage and reassure me that I’m doing everything I can to prevent cancer. The latest cosmetic procedures that Katie performed were conservative, but have made a positive difference in my appearance.

—Cindy

My goal was to find a doctor certified as a Mohs and plastic surgeon, and I truly feel blessed and lucky to have found Dr. Parker. I’ve had 60+ skin cancer surgeries and he is the only doctor I would seek for treatment. I knew early on I had found the best in Dr. Parker when he removed three cancers from one side of my face. I was amazed within a week and eventually there was no evidence that friends and family could detect. When I look in the mirror today, I see no trace. I’m deeply appreciative of Dr. Parker’s skills. The entire group at Skin Cancer Consultants are the most professional yet personable staff —quick with a smile, they make me feel at ease.

—Lisa

I have had many issues over approximately 35 years and was referred to Dr. Parker about three years ago by my plastic surgeon. He said that Dr. Parker is the best at detecting skin cancer, Mohs and plastic surgery. I have had multiple procedures by him and every aspect has been outstanding, including the nurses and office staff at Skin Cancer Consultants. Every step of diagnosis, surgery, recuperation and follow-up has always been superb.

—Sharon

I have had at least 30 Mohs cancer surgeries over many years and have been extraordinarily pleased with Dr. Parker. Not a single cancer has returned on the places Dr. Parker performed surgery. He is also a plastic surgeon and can do the repairs after the cancer is removed. The repair surgeries that Dr. Parker does are amazing, faster and less painful. The scarring has been incredibly minimal—even after the major surgeries. The Skin Cancer Consultants staff is competent, professional and friendly. I can’t think of enough adjectives to describe how caring they are. I will always be grateful to Dr. Parker.

—Michael

I first saw Dr. Parker in April 2013 after my internist referred me. He has performed many surgeries on my head. My skin cancer results have been good and the scars are not very noticeable. I felt reassured by Dr. Parker and had the confidence that he could handle my cancers, and the nurses and staff treated me very well.

—Wilson

I am a regular patient of Skin Cancer Consultants, and have seen Katie Pedicord multiple times for her valued opinion over the years. Without question, she is the epitome of an unparalleled professional. Katie has a very pleasant demeanor that puts you at ease the minute she enters the room. She is a brilliant young woman who has an incredible knowledge base of the field she practices in every day. I think the world of both Dr. Parker and Katie Pedicord, not only as world-class health professionals, but also as incredible, grounded and compassionate human beings. There is no better office to walk into. I have always been treated with total respect and empathy—simply the best.

—Libby

Dr. Parker and the Skin Cancer Consultants staff have the ability to make what could be a bad experience almost enjoyable. They are professional but have a caring, family-like approach to treating patients. They take the time to make me feel like I am more than a patient—in fact, like a friend. I have been extremely pleased with the results of my skin cancer removal and have had virtually no scarring. I would and have recommended Dr. Parker to friends.

—Leonard

When one goes to a doctor’s office—especially for skin cancer—it is usually not a positive feeling. But going to Skin Cancer Consultants is nothing but positive. I have been seeing Katie Pedicord for about four years and she is incredible. She has such a calming demeanor that when I walk in the door, I am immediately at ease. I also like how she gives me as much information as I want and speaks in layperson’s terms. I think the world of the whole practice.

—Todd

Dr. Parker has successfully removed over 15 skin cancers for me with excellent cosmetic results. I am most grateful for his special attention and expertise on a particular cancer. His proactive approach caught the cancer before it became a terminal condition. Throughout that process, Dr. Parker was very caring—both with me, and my wife. He has a passion for what he does and makes patients feel very comfortable. He offers a unique service as both a Moh’s surgeon and a plastic surgeon. I had several bad cosmetic results from my prior Mohs surgeon (who was not a plastic surgeon) and Dr. Parker later repaired one of those bad scars.

—Steve

Dr. Parker is a very skilled and professionally trained physician. The advantage over all the other dermatologists that I had seen in the past is his training in plastic surgery. While he is doing surgery, he can see what the end result of the repairs will be. After well over 100 procedures, I am confident that I have the very best treatment for my ongoing skin cancer challenges. Over the past few years, I have referred over 50 individuals to Dr. Parker and his staff. Not one of them has been disappointed in the treatments they received. They were also equally impressed with the friendly and professional staff that always provided the best care and service.

—Jerry

Dr. Parker has performed hundreds of successful Mohs surgeries on me. His skill is magical and his reconstruction abilities have amazed me. The size and extent of my surgeries have frightened me at times, but he reassures me that he can fix me back to “normal” and has always done so—usually much better than normal. Dr. Parker has assembled a support staff that is a model of friendliness, knowledge, ability and efficiency. I have referred numerous friends, and even total strangers to Dr. Parker. He is extremely gifted as a surgeon, physician and even more so as a man! Dr. Parker is a devout Christian and devoted family man. He is very involved in medical missions and has been from Haiti to Africa to lend his skills.

—Charles

I first saw Dr. Parker approximately four years ago and he has performed multiple procedures over that period. I was first impressed by the professionalism of his staff. The results have always been excellent. Dr. Parker has a very reassuring effect on a patient apprehensive about the procedure, speaking as a doctor myself. I would highly recommend him to anyone.

—James

Dr. Parker has identified and removed many basal cells from all over my body, including my face. Every spot healed invisibly. Dr. Parker is a very talented plastic surgeon and his practice is efficient and pleasant. His entire staff obviously enjoys working there. I heartily recommend Dr. Parker and Mohs surgery to handle skin cancer care.

—Carol

Katie Pedicord and her assistants treated a very large and painful cyst with great professionalism. She gave a speedy diagnosis, lanced it and taught me how to care for the wound. She was gentle, patient and explained everything thoroughly. I have made a good recovery. She is my lifetime provider for all of my many skin issues and I am so grateful to have found her. Ms. Pedicord and Dr. Parker make a good team.

—Lloyd

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